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National Call to Action Urges Americans to Donate Convalescent Plasma
GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA (JULY 31, 2020) – An urgent plea from the President and top public health officials has thrust the potentially lifesaving effects of convalescent plasma into the national spotlight. Convalescent plasma has proven to drastically help many COVID-19 patients battling the virus. At a roundtable discussion on July 30, President Donald Trump, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, among others, urged the public to donate convalescent plasma to help their fellow Americans. The Blood Connection (TBC) has been at the forefront of local convalescent plasma collection efforts for several months, in its commitment to meet every patient’s need. Rarely is the blood collection community highlighted by nation leadership, but because of blood centers’ essential role in collecting convalescent plasma, TBC’s work is now part of a public health initiative.